Lucas Hartong

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Lucas Hartong
Member of the European Parliament for the Netherlands
Incumbent
Assumed office
22 June 2010
Personal details
Born (1963-05-24) 24 May 1963 (age 50)
Dordrecht, Netherlands
Political party Party for Freedom
Alma mater Christelijke Hogeschool Ede

Lucas Hartong (born 24 May 1963) is a Dutch politician. He serves as a member of the European Parliament for the Party for Freedom since 22 June 2010.

Early life[edit]

Hartong was born on 24 May 1963 in Dordrecht. He went to the gymnasium in Breda and he later studied theology at Christelijke Hogeschool Ede.[1]

Political career[edit]

Hartong unsuccessfully tried to win a seat in the municipal council with his own Democratisch Platform Nederland party. He later became a member of the board of the Pim Fortuyn List in South Holland.[2]

He went on to serve as a parliamentary assistant to the Party for Freedom group in the European Parliament. On 22 June 2010 he replaced Louis Bontes, who was chosen as a Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands in the 2010 general election.[2] Hartong was supposed to have joined the European Parliament earlier, as the Netherlands, and with it the Party for Freedom, received an extra seat when the European Parliament increased the number of seats. The judicial procedures were howevever not finished before Hartong was installed to replace Bontes.[2] At the start of his term Hartong said he wished to represent the Christian voters in the European Parliament.[2] He claimed that another concern of him would be fishery, he found it surprising that the Dutch had no seat in the Committee on Fisheries.[3] In 2013 Hartong was critical of the European Parliament paid trips of journalist to the Parliament, with costs of around 700,000 euro in 2011. He saw a relation between pro-EU stories in the media and the paid trips.[4]

He currently is a member of the Committee on Budgets and the Delegation for relations with the United States.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "L. (Lucas) Hartong" (in Dutch). Parlement.com. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Theoloog Hartong voor PVV naar Europarlement" (in Dutch). Reformatorisch Dagblad. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lucas Hartong aan de slag in Europarlement" (in Dutch). RTV Rijnmond. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "PVV laakt journalistentrips naar Europarlement" (in Dutch). NU.nl. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 

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